SD in Action

Laughter

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I loved Chris’ laugh and his boundless energy. His use of music to help identify the values levels was just the best, so much fun to observe and participate with him. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him! Drew Whitler, July 30, 2015

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Chris

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I was not an easy student, but Chris was patient with my questions – he had heard them all before but was understanding and kind nevertheless. Together with Natasha, their confidence and answers washed away by queries and I now proselytise SD everywhere and anywhere, much to the chagrin of my husband! Thank you Natasha for sharing your time with […]

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Facilitator

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Chris was a brilliant man and scholar, with an outstanding sense of humour. I will always be thankful for the straight forward manner with which he cleared issues and guided my thinking. Never to be forgotten.

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Sad that he is gone, lucky he was there

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I remember Chris as a very kind and humorous person. Just when we started the seminar, he ironically – and self-ironically – pointed out some important things we should keep in mind. He always stayed calm and kind and seemed to be someone who maintained a childish attitude in both, playfulness and his view as a researcher. It was always […]

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Deep Appreciation

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I remember reading the Spiral Dynamics book in the early 2000s and feeling so delighted that there was actually a theory that so eloquently and elegantly captured a developmental perspective of human growth. Years later, when I was able to actually attend the Spiral Dynamics training in Santa Barbara with Chris and Natasha, I felt so lucky and honored to […]

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I will always link this saying with you…

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“What you see and what you say about what you see, says more about you than about what you see.” Thank you very much for the insights and wisdom you provided in your SD level 1+2 course at Dusseldorf, Germany in 2010. It broadened my understanding of human systems. Ralf B., July 30, 2015

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What to write?

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Dear Chris, What to write? You……..Leaving by surprise to another world…. too fast. I want to thank you for everything you’ve taught me about Graves and many other things. I want to thank you for the times we’ve met. Our relationship over the many years. And above all, for the kind and honest person you have been, living here around […]

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From a colleague

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It was a pleasure to work with Chris on improving the Spiral Dynamics site. You will be missed.

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What is your biggest problem?

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What is your biggest problem? You know, the one that sucks your time, energy and attention; the one you’d dearly love to solve. If it were easy to fix, you would have done it by now, wouldn’t you? But it’s still there. You’ve looked at it using different perspectives and haven’t been able to crack that nut with the tools […]

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How to Get Unstuck

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A GREAT NEW BOOK YOU HAVE TO HAVE: The final frontier: space, at least according to Star Trek. Others look closer to home and say that we know less about the deep oceans here on our planet than the moon and planets far overhead; the final unexplored frontier that matters is under water. But there’s other terra incognita worth attention, […]

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Don’t Shout “Meme!” in a Crowded Theatre

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It’s official. Memes are incendiary. Scholar Susan Blackmore recently had the unusual experience of a mass walk-out from a lecture on memes. She was in Oxford, that ancient city, seat of learning, where she’d expected open inquiry and free debate to be norms. But in this case, things proved otherwise. What happened?   Tea Time Let’s go back a bit. […]

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Viral times

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Here in mid-August, 2014, we find ourselves in interesting times. Two viruses are dominating the news: Ebola, a biological virus whose spread is influenced by conceptual systems, and militant Islamic religious extremism, a memetic virus of the mind that toxifies behavior. Both are moving thanks to modern transport and technologies. Both grow best when particular Gravesian levels are dominant to […]

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Engagement, SD Style …

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Engagement impacts performance and bottom line results profoundly, yet today only 29% of employees are engaged and a mere 10% are highly engaged in most organizations. Any wonder there is such obsession with building and enhancing engagement? If you’re concerned with getting people more involved, then Spiral Dynamics® Programs and Assessments can help you to crack open related secrets of […]

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Sushi with Wasabi and a Geiger Counter: Fukushima’s Fallout

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Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant and TEPCO represent problems of a new magnitude, existential problems that have been building for decades and now near a tipping point. Together they symbolize one of the clearest immediate large-scale threats to humanity in the history of our species. Dr. Graves warned of the risks when he said, “…for the future of mankind may […]

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E, F, G or H Problems?

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therevolutionmovie.com Rob Stewart’s “Revolution” won the SB Int’l Film Festival’s prize in the social justice category. His previous film, “Sharkwater,” brought attention to the extent sharks are being slaughtered as by-catch, but primarily for their fins – to make soup for Chinese food fans to sip. This nonsensical decimation of a top-tier species is one of many we can thank […]

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ARE YOU INVISIBLE …

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It is surprising just how invisible people are to one another. We observe this with clients, in training, and in discussions with people about those around them. While the bodies are visible, their inner workings, needs, processing, worldviews, and intentions are often hidden – even when they open themselves up to others in full display. Invisibility seems more common than […]

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My Mind Over Me

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“Firstly, I have been involved in counseling of one sort or another for over 30 years,” said the NLP trainer matter-of-factly. “Second, I have worked hard to acquire the neutrality needed when dealing with people. This is simple, good professionalism. And, I removed the conscious/unconscious kinaesthetics around each of the values levels and destroyed all strategies for running any negative emotions relating […]

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Seven out of Ten NLP Trainers Don’t Listen

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No doubt you believe you do “rapport” very well. You believe that you’re a great listener – one of the three out of ten who can listen well. So perhaps you’re reading this because you are curious to find out about your colleagues and competitors. Here’s a quick self-analysis to check. Do you:   Talk over others without being aware of […]

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Chunking & Sequencing With the CSI

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Preparing a training for a new group of participants? Figuring out how to chunk and sequence your content? The Spiral Dynamics Change State Indicator (CSI) can be your best friend helping you to prepare. It is the Trainer’s secret weapon when it comes to knowing your audience and matching your approach to their needs, where they are.  Have you ever been presenting […]

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What NLP Needs

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A highly competent trainer practicing and teaching NLP provides a potentially life changing experience for clients and students. NLP is also powerful enough to make significant differences in the hands of a novice. Like many disciplines it is somewhat fragmented, and content differences between programs and trainers abound. Given the variation in programs and the uneven skill sets across trainers, […]

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